What pushes girls away from STEM?

Gender stereotypes have long influenced how people view STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). These stereotypes often limit opportunities for women and perpetuate inequalities in the field.

Here we want to address three common stereotypes surrounding women in STEM and demonstrate why it's essential to debunk them.

  1. Women don't have the mindset for STEM subjects: This stereotype is deeply ingrained in society, but the reality is that women are just as capable as men in STEM subjects. Numerous studies show that girls excel in science and technical disciplines. We must stop limiting girls' potential from an early age and encourage them to pursue their passions regardless of gender.
  2. Women aren't suited for STEM subjects: This stereotype is based on outdated notions of women's roles in society. Infact, 54% of girls (source: Save The Children) express passion and curiosity for STEM subjects. It's crucial to stop restricting girls' aspirations from childhood and provide them with positive role models and opportunities to explore STEM fields.
  3. Women aren't interested in STEM subjects: This stereotype is based on a misconception of women's preferences. In reality, many women are passionate about STEM subjects and find great satisfaction in working in these fields. It's important to promote positive role models and create an inclusive environment that encourages women to pursue their passions in STEM.

To debunk these stereotypes, we must work together to promote an inclusive and welcoming culture in STEM. We need to encourage and support girls and women from an early age, providing them with positive role models and learning opportunities.

The recent Google report titled "Breaking Barriers: Six barriers holding girls back from choosing Computer Science across Europe" highlighted that one of the most significant barriers is the lack of role models with whom girls and young women can relate.

The issue of role models is something our ADA project has sought to address, by featuring testimonies of women who have successfully launched their businesses in the digital sector within the project and its events. The e-mentoring process outlined by the project aims to provide potential new female digital entrepreneurs with concrete, ongoing, and empathetic support from selected mentors who wish to share best practices and helpful advice. By fostering new female-led digital enterprises, we aim to create new female role-models who can inspire future generations and narrow the gender gap in the tech and digital sector.